Sunday, October 13, 2019

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Ayres S2R-T34 Turbo Thrush, N3090C; accident occurred October 11, 2019 in Willacoochee, Atkinson County, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Willacoochee, GA
Accident Number: GAA20CA020
Date & Time: 10/11/2019, 1321 UTC
Aircraft:Ayres S2R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural


The pilot reported that, during an agricultural application flight, as he circled the field to realign the airplane with it, the airplane struck power lines. Subsequently, the airplane impacted a wooded area next to the field. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wing. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from power lines while maneuvering at low altitude. 


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)

Maneuvering-low-alt flying
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:09/30/2019 
Occupational Pilot:Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ayres
Registration: N3090C
Model/Series: S2R T34
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1983 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: T34-075DC
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34
Registered Owner: Souther Crop Spraying Inc
Rated Power:
Operator: Souther Crop Spraying Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDQH, 257 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1315 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 57°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 31.398889, -83.001389 (est)

A pilot in Atkinson County is alive but suffered a head injury and has a few cuts and scrapes after a plane crash Friday morning.

The Atkinson County Sheriff's Office and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating after the accident on Talmadge McKinnon Road in Willacoochee.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that a Ayres S2R-T34 Turbo Thrush aircraft crashed in a field near Willacoochee at 9:21 a.m.

Atkinson County Sheriff David Moore says that the plane was dusting a cotton field and circled around when it clipped the power lines and crashed into a wooded area next to the field.

Lineman anticipate that the power will be restored by Friday evening.

The pilot’s name has not been released as of publication.

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